Venice Biennale 2018


It is a house, a neighbourhood. A FREESPACE.

The majority of Bangladeshis live in rural areas. Rudrapur, (which stands for many villages in Bangladesh), shows how people are able to build their habitat with their own resources: using their hands, local mud and bamboo. People produce food and many daily goods themselves. The neighbourhoods have developed over generations and social networks are strong. Women feel comfortable to be outside, children enjoy their village as a fantastic and safe playground. Elderly people find places to keep watch over a goat and to chat under a tree. As a result, the village has a high degree of embedded freedom.

However, there is a lack of jobs. This is why people leave their villages.

From all around the country people move to the urban textile production hubs. They leave their own homes in the villages to stay in rented rooms. They pay for childcare, for water, for sanitation, for transportation. Women don`t feel safe in public areas. In many cases the only FREESPACE is that same rented room with a TV; they share it with others by occupying it in shifts.

There is another way; an alternative which avoids the pressure caused by the demand for mass-produced clothes. Our textile initiatives really are designed for a decentralized production in the village where the quality of life and space is both humane and free and it is this we present in our exhibition.

Installation area: 42 sqm

Materials/techniques: Didi Textiles (recycled saris blankets) hanging from on bamboo poles, wooden structure covered with a golden surface on the outside and newspapers on the inside.

Setting up: May 2018
Dismantling: December 2018

Site: Venice Architecture Biennale - Artiglierie (Arsenale), Venice, Italy

Team Studio Anna Heringer (Lucia Perianes, Stefano Mori)
Didi Textiles (Veronika Lena Lang, DIPSHIKHA with the women of Rudrapur, especially: Anju, Alika, Binadini, Eite, Kabita, Labonno, Popy, Prathana, Rachna with Sharif and Shudoshon)
Partnerschaft Shanti - Bangladesh e.V.
Klemens Brysch with students of the Pullout-programm ED Basel
Schreinerei Aicher

Special thanks to: Inge Haselsteiner Thibaut Mueller Lutz & Hedda Franz Charitable Trust

With additional support of: Mathias Schwarz-Claus, Shaheen Dill-Riaz, Klara Fesenmeyer, Magnus Schmid and Michaela Meiners, Jahid Islam, Swapan Saha, Antony Ribeiro, Mahbub Islam, Shepal Depsharma, Jessie, Mallek, Kalpana Ray, Gertraud Storz, GIZ Bangladesh,  Karmojibi Nari, The Daily Star, Julien Lanoo, Joana Lazarova, Leon and Ivor Widdison, Jakob Schaub, Benjamin Staehli Chris and Fei Penda, Gertrud Winkler, Stefan and Mirjam Lang, Hannes Krauss, Martin Rauch, Marina Tabassum, William Baumgardner, Sibudesign.